Photos: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Space Travel

Passing the Olympic Torch in Space


Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy perform an Olympic torch relay in space during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Nov. 9, 2013. The torch will be used during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Olympic Torch Spacewalk Patch TV

Cosomonaut Oleg Kotov can be seen wearing artist Luc van den Abeelen's Olympic torch patch while holding the real Sochi torch on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, Nov. 9, 2013.

Olympic Torch Rocket Walkout

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The Olympic torch and crew of Expedition 38 walk out to the pad to launch toward the International Space Station on Nov. 7 local time at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Olympic Torch Headed to Space

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The Expedition 38 crew poses with the Olympic torch in front of the Russian Soyuz rocket just before launching toward the International Space Station on Nov. 7, 2013 local time from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Tereshkova Lights Olympic Torch

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Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who in 1963 became the first woman to fly in space, lights the 2014 Olympic Games cauldron in her hometown of Yaroslavl, Russia, on Oct. 19, 2013.

Soyuz Rocket Soars Toward Space with Olympic Torch

NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is launched toward space carrying the Olympic torch for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the new Expedition 38 crew for the International Space Station on Nov. 7, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. [Read the Full Launch Story Here]

Expedition 38 Crew With Olympic Torch

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, left, Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA, right, smile and wave as they hold an Olympic torch that will be flown with them to the International Space Station, during a press conference held Wed., Nov. 6, at the Cosmonaut hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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